Tennessee areas under the IFA quarantine have expanded during the last three and a half decades and in 2021 covered more than 20.9 million acres or about 80% of Tennessee’s land area. About 6 million Tennesseans or 87% of the state’s population live in infested counties and are affected by these pests.
- Teach children and visitors about fire ants and their hazards.
- Wear protective clothing during outdoor activities.
- Treat stings with insect bite remedy that eases pain and protects against infection.
- Control fire ants in areas used most frequently by people and pets.
- Use insect repellents on clothing and footwear (these treatments can temporarily discourage foraging ants).
- White pustule in 24-48 hours
- Treat stings with over the counter products to relieve insect stings
- Do not scratch area because sting can be easily infected and leave a permanent scar
- Sever chest pain
- Severe sweating
- Loss of breath
- Serious swelling
- Slurred speech
If any of these symptoms occur immediately call 911 or go to the emergency room